A B O U T
Scott Lamps is an award-winning American composer, producer, arranger and sound designer.
His music is sometimes large and sometimes small, playing a vital role in diverse projects like the Shedd Aquarium's immense One World, the Emmy-winning documentary film Kindred, the recordings of underground darling Ida Jo, and the musical language of electronic artist Chants.
His work is informed by a vast knowledge of music history, instrumental and vocal traditions, and nearly two decades as a nationally-touring performer. Known for his chameleon-like ability to adapt to different musical styles, Lamps has “the ability to convey, the illusive gift.” (Local Sounds Magazine)
Lamps has a longstanding collaboration with award-winning playwright and director Andrew Park. Their works include the Jeff Award winning Evolution/Creation (2010) and Return of Neverland (2014) and Jeff Recommended A Christmas Wish (2013) . Their Passion Play (2013) was described as "one of the most captivating and original productions that I ever experienced" by Showbiz Chicago.
In early 2012 Lamps composed the music for Holy Musical B@man! with songwriter Nick Gage. Produced in Chicago by Team StarKid, Holy Musical B@man! held eight live performances as previews to its online video release. The YouTube video now has more than 10 million views.
Lamps’ acoustic/electronic score for the documentary film Kindred features the songs "You Live On" and "The Things We Leave Behind." Directed by filmmaker Michael Sternoff, Kindred was awarded "Best Documentary - Short" at the 2011 Illinois International Film Festival and "Best Documentary - Topical" at the 2012 Midwest Emmies.
In 2009 songwriter Richard Trentlage, famous for writing “I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener”, donated the banjo-ukulele from the original recording to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Lamps was chosen to play the jingle on the celebrated banjo-uke for one final time before the instrument was retired.
From 2003-06, Lamps was the music director, producer, bassist and contributing songwriter for acoustic-pop group The Profits. The group toured nationally and independently sold more than 10,000 albums. He left the group in 2006 to focus on composing new music.
A student of Joel Naumann, Stephen Dembski, Leslie Thimmig and legendary bassist Richard Davis (Miles Davis, John Lennon, Van Morrison), Lamps earned his BM in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.
A W A R D S
Kindred (film documentary)
Emmy Award - "Best Documentary - Topical"
MAMA Award - "Best Classical Album"
Illinois Intl Film Fest - "Best Doc - Short"
Evolution/Creation (musical play)
Jeff Citation - "Artistic Specialty - Puppetry"
Jeff Nomination - "Best New Work" and "Best Production, Musical"
Evensong (solo piano)
MAMA Award - “Best Classical Album” and “Best Classical Song”
AWARDS AS PRODUCER